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Both-Arms, Charging Buffalo,, Six Killer, Good
Striker5 , Heavy Lance^ or Many Chiefs. But
If he should make a poor showing his name
might be: Crazy Wolf., Man-Afraid-of-a~Horse3
or Smoking-Old-Woman. Thus5 an Indian's
name tells his record or what kind of man he Is.
But a man was given many opportunities to
improve his name as time went on. If he should
go into some future battle and pull off some
unusual exploit against the enemy5 he would be
given a better name. Some of our great war-
riors have had as many as twelve names—all
good names, and each one better than the one
that preceded it. No matter how many names
were successively given to him9 all of his past
names belonged to him just the same? and no
one else could adopt them. These names were
just as patently his as if they had been copy-
righted; and even he5 himself, could not give
one of them away. Indian names were handed
out by the tribe, not the family, and no man
could give his name even to his own son, unless
the chief and the tribe should ask him to5 as a
result of some noteworthy deed his son had per-
formed. I know of only three or four instances
where this has happened, and it Is the rarest
honour that can befall a person—the honour of
assuming one's father's name. In my day every
son had to earn his own name.